"Paradise" as written by Nicholas Lofton Hexum, Douglas Vincent Martinez, Chad Ronald Sexton, Aaron Charles Wills and Timothy Jerome Mahoney....
Everything you do it comes back to you. Whatever it may be.
If it isn't one thing rest assured that something.
Will come back and pay you for your deed
A shortcut's a self defeating means, if you cannot do it clean.
You'll never reach your reward.
And when the day is done, what you receive is the sum.
Of what you took out, from what you put in.

Times deep in a dream seem a veiled realm.
Shadows what I think and feel is real.
Times in our tribe feel the tribe when we thrive.
We have no fear of death and no fear of life.

[Chorus:]
I can't forget you and our version of paradise.
I can't forget you and our version of paradise.

Everything you do it comes back to you, whatever it may be.
What you did as a devil or did as an angel.
The favor returns itself somehow.
If you take my money I?l buy you a drink and you'll see.
That no one rides for free.

Afraid of what I said then your mind is stricken.
I'm wearing my heart sleeveless and I'm always up for kickin?
This is my favorite city pity everywhere the enemy.
From the beginning serious history
Nothing's ever given to no one. Rides for free.
From the beginning radiant energy's
Music what I need to keep my sanity.

I say we fear no evolution stand up musical revolution.
Follow me now when I say we can never stop in we never give.
Cause this is how we breathe and live.
Some of them whine and some of them bitch.
They cannot do it we never switch.
We do it for ourselves and we do it for you.
If you don't like it well I hope you do.
I've got to be honest.

[Chorus: x2]


Lyrics submitted by kevin

"Paradise" as written by Chad Ronald Sexton Aaron Charles Wills

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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    General CommentThis is a good one. I'm surprised no one's commented on this song yet.
    Aerionon June 20, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song has many different meanings... but the recurring theme of "everything you do comes back to you" is SOOO true...
    mynameisjonas182on July 23, 2002   Link
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    General Comment"Music is what I need to keep my sanity", I really like that line, I agree. This song is beautiful. I have never really heard a 311 song I disliked with the exeption of 2 or 3 songs from evolver.
    random311on April 18, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIts about KARMA!!!

    311's awesome
    Lixxyon June 03, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIts about KARMA!!!

    311's awesome
    Lixxyon June 03, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song is amazing! "I have no fear of death and no fear of life"
    homebrew311on September 27, 2004   Link
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    General Commentlove 'em -m-
    SMUSER16997931on October 06, 2004   Link
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    General Commenthmmm....less confusing than homebrew, but still multiple meanings. As with every 311 song, beauty is in the eye of the beholder ( = everyone interprets it differently). I think this was about some girl that did something horrible, or cheated on nick (maybe SA). 'If you take my money I’ll buy you a drink and you'll see.
    That no one rides for free.' sounds like he's trying to tell someone that (no one rides for free). And the whole gist of the song ('I cant forget you and our version of paradise', and 'Everything you do, it comes back to you...') reminds me of just accepting that fact that people are the way they are, but you get what you earn. Listen with the heart, not the mind.
    s3u1r1fon December 19, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of my favorite songs by 311. Also, I love the fan dancers on the DVD.
    h0mebrewdon December 21, 2004   Link
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    General Comment"Times in our tribe feel the tribe when we thrive."

    Should be

    "Times in our tribe feel the vibe when we thrive."
    MarkDePaceon March 20, 2007   Link

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